Antibiotics are prescription medications that help stop infections triggered by bacteria. They slow down or destroy the growth of bacteria. They work by destroying bacteria or by preventing them from reproducing or copying themselves.
Before bacteria can multiply or cause symptoms, the immune system can attack and kill harmful bacteria or, even if symptoms occur, it may fight off the infection.
But, there’re occasions when the number of harmful bacteria is excessive, and the immune system can’t fight them all. Antibiotic drugs are useful in such a case.
When used properly, antibiotics can save lives. They are used to treat bacterial infections. Some are highly specialised and are only effective against specific bacteria, whereas others attack a variety of bacteria, including beneficial bacteria.
Antibiotics can’t treat viral infections, like most coughs, common colds, or the flu. Using them for viral infections can put an individual at risk for side effects, elevate the likelihood of antibiotic resistance, or reduce the options for future treatments if an antibiotic drug is needed.
12 Natural Antibiotics That Kill Many Different Strains of Bacteria:
Some of the following spices and herbs might interact with medication or worsen pre-existing conditions. They might also be harmful in high doses or after extended use. So, you need to consult your doctor or naturopath before using them.
The sulfur compounds found in garlic give it a strong smell and are partly responsible for its potent immune-boosting properties.
Garlic has powerful antiparasitic, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It displays “significant antibacterial activity”, even against resistant bacteria. It may be useful in preventing cavities and treating swollen gums as it destroys oral pathogens like Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Prevotella intermedia, and Porphyromonas gingivalis.
It may also kill Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus, and protect the human body from bacterial toxins.
– Oregano Oil
There’re over forty different oregano species, but the most useful one with therapeutic antibiotic properties is the oil extracted from Origanum vulgare or wild oregano.
The most abundant phenol in oregano oil, Carvacrol, may stop the growth of various bacteria like Shewanella putrefaciens, Mycobacterium avium, Escherichia coli, Clostridium, Enterococcus faecalis, Streptococcus mutans, Serratia liquefaciens, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella, Bacillus subtilis, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Staphylococcus aureus.
This means that oregano oil is effective against bacteria that cause staph infections, pneumonia, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, food poisoning, and more.
It’s a rhizome plant with various therapeutic uses. As an antibiotic, it may outperform commercial tetracycline, ampicillin, and chloramphenicol against pathogenic bacteria.
It’s effective against many strains of bacteria, including Helicobacter pylori, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Bacillus, Staphylococcus, Prevotella intermedia, Porphyromonas endodontalis, Porphyromonas gingivalis, and more.
– Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract is a by-product of grapefruit juice that’s taken orally to fight viral or bacterial infections.
It was originally developed as an antiparasitic, but soon showed that it could stop the growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Its active ingredients are non-toxic and gathered from the pulp and seed of certified organically grown grapefruit. It can be used to kill fungi, parasites, influenza, herpes, Candida, Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Strep, and more.
It is good to know that although grapefruit seeds can be eaten straight from the fruit, they are bitter and acidic on their own.
It’s a natural gum extracted from the Commiphora myrrha tree. It can be used to treat syphilis, spasms, arthritis pain, lung congestion, asthma, cough, colds, ulcers, and indigestion. It also has powerful antioxidant activity and anti-cancer properties.
Historically, it was used to prevent infections and treat wounds. It can be used to treat minor fungal irritations like ringworm, athlete’s foot, and acne.
Myrrh essential oil can also help fight certain strains of bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus. However, it shouldn’t be used for more than 14 days at a time.
– Vitamin C
Vitamin C may help strengthen the body’s immune system and ability to fight infections. It may help heal viral and bacterial infections, and snake bites. Foods rich in this vitamin may help stave off or kill certain infectious bacteria.
Foods rich in vitamin C include tomato, peas, papaya, kiwi, dark leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, broccoli, berries, bell peppers, and more.
– Tea Tree Oil
The oil is produced from Melaleuca alternifolia (the tea tree plant) and is a wide spectrum antibiotic used on the skin. It’s the active ingredient in a wide array of formulations used to treat skin infections.
It’s effective against bacteria that cause food poisoning, pneumonia, acne, skin infections, and more. These strains of bacteria include Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Propionibacterium acnes, and more.
A body wash or cream that possesses tea tree oil (5% and 10% tea tree oil, respectively) can be used for five days to treat antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus skin infections.
– Cayenne Pepper
Capsicum, also known as cayenne pepper, is a strong spice that has therapeutic properties. It isn’t just an anecdotal, folklore remedy. Many scientists also validate its use as a natural antibiotic.
Cayenne pepper can be used as a home remedy for strep throat. Capsicum essential oil may help in the treatment of a common infection in women (vulvovaginitis.) It exerts a significant antibiotic and antifungal effect on this infection. It should be diluted with a carrier oil like olive oil because capsicum can be quite burning upon initial contact with the skin.
– Horseradish and Habañero
Habañero works against pathogenic bacteria like Salmonella, Yersinia enterocolitica, Bacillus thuringiensis, Escherichia coli, and more.
Horseradish can be used to boost facial circulation, clear sinuses, and expel mucus from upper respiratory. It can be used to treat lung congestion, influenza, and colds.
Echinacea has immune-protective and antibacterial properties. Traditionally, Echinacea was used to treat blood poisoning, diphtheria, open wounds, and other illnesses caused by bacteria.
Today, it’s used mostly for colds, influenza, and other upper respiratory infections because of its ability to kill Legionella pneumophila, Haemophilus influenzae, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, and more.
It can also be used against warts, swine flu, ear infections, malaria, typhoid, syphilis, tonsillitis, bloodstream infections, HPV, HIV/AIDS, herpes, vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and more.
– Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is made in New Zealand and Australia by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. It can be used to treat wounds and burns. It can also be used to kill Helicobacter pylori and Staphylococcus aureus, i.e. the bacteria that trigger stomach ulcers.
It’s also effective against Salmonella, Enterobacter aerogenes, Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, Streptococcus pyogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and more.
But, not all Manuka honey is real, so look for honey with a Unique Manuka Factor certified by The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association.
Goldenseal is often used in natural cold-relieving products. Prepared as a tea, goldenseal can be used to treat vaginitis, canker sores, urinary tract infections, diarrhea, and eye infections, because of its immune-boosting, antifungal, antiparasitic and antibacterial compound called berberine.
Even though goldenseal has numerous benefits, it shouldn’t be used by pregnant women or those who suffer from heart disease, liver disease, or high blood pressure.